Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Starting to Think of 2013 Sewing Plans...

First up is the Ohayocon sewing I need to finish:

  1. Suicide Squad Harley Quinn.for Ohayocon - The corset is done. The shorts are almost done, just need to do the waistband. I need to order the socks, buy the temp color for my hair and make the neck ruff and gauntlets. 
  2. Suspenders for my femme Joker - I realized I have purple elastic and I finally bought suspender clips. Supplies in hand, just need to make the suspenders!
Now for my other unfinished projects...
  1. Keeper of the Keys underbust corset
  2. Embroidered quilt.
  3. Quilt and pillowcases for Soldiers Angels.
2013 Costuming Goals:

  1. 1884 Wash Overskirt.
  2. Sari inspired head to toe Victorian ensemble.
  3. Natural form Victorian costume.
  4. 18th century costume.
  5. French Huguenot costume. 
  6. A Victorian bathing suit. 
  7. At some point, I really need to make a Snow Queen costume... 
  8. Something Regency. Maybe a dress and a spencer...
  9. A lobster tail bustle 
2013 sewing goals:

  1. More retro dresses
  2. Finish my concert t shirt throw.
  3. Quilt for my cousin's little girl that's due in April
  4. If I end up going to Warped Tour, I need some more bikini tops to wear...



What I Did on my Christmas Vacation

One: Made a hat. (see previous post for hat-porn pictures!)

Two: Pretty much finished my SSHarleyQuinn corset. I'm thinking that safety pinning the bra cups in is the way to go... Other than the bra cups its DONE

Three: Worked on my embroidered quilt. Block #11 is done except for the border!

Four: Fixed the buttons on my dearest brother's coat. I am in fact quite incapable of telling my 'big' brother "no"

Five: Wore my Christmas nightgown on Christmas Eve. Also wore my "Wilde Side" and "Christmas Elf" leggings that I made. :)

Six: Bought fabric to make a baby quilt for my cousin.

Finished Steampunk Hat! (aka Hat Porn)

The completed hat frame, from the bottom. Most of the brim and the crown were reinforced with some Pellon.

Starting to cover the hat with some gray satin.


Close up of some of the stitching

The crown is covered!

The underneath of the brim, covered with a pleated piece of plaid taffeta.

The back of the brim (the un-reinforced section) will be turned up when I'm done.

The covered hat!

The covered hat with the brim flipped up
Layers of trim were added to the top brim -- silver lace, black lace, black ribbon, red ribbon and some braid...

The same braid that was added the underneath of the brim to cover the edges of the satin

Please excuse the sideways photo, but here's the completed hat with lace, ribbon tails, a few fabric flowers and some feathers.

And a close up of the finished hat. The big flower has a button and a gear holding it in place

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Making a Hat Frame

I've been contemplating making a new hat for my new silver and black steampunk suit (I need to think of a name for it...) so last night I sat down with some cardboard, buckram and other supplies to start working on building a hat frame.

I realize now that pictures would have been helpful...

Step one was to use my seam gauge and a marker to draw a circle that was about 11 inches in circumference onto some cardboard. Which I cut out and tried on to make sure I liked the size. Happy with it, the next step was to cut out the center, giving myself the pattern for a brim and a crown. Step three was to cut a strip of buckram about two inches wide for the side band, then to trace and cut out the brim and crown.

Then came the fun part - sewing together these pieces. I tried glue at first but it didn't want to hold so I just started stitching. The brim was clipped so it would attach to the side band better and I ran into some issues with the crown (it ended up being too big for the side band which I didn't realize until too late) but I think it went together well enough. I reinforced the brim with some heavy interfacing, but only in part because I plan to flip the back of the hat up. I also cut a circle of the same interfacing to reinforce the crown but it hasn't been stitched together yet.

Then I tried the hat on. I'm not entirely happy with the size of the brim, I think its a little large. My current plan is to do some research and then if necessary trim down the brim and re-stitch the interfacing and buckram together before starting the covering and decorating stage.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2012 Completed Projects!

  1. Miss Fletcher's Bodice. All materials provided by Miss Fletcher. (Finished 1/16/2012)
  2. Steampunk Gypsy Corset: stash fabric, trim, thread, eyelets, D rings, and zipper; purchased eyelets, trim and buckles (Finished 1/17/2012 except for the D rings)
  3. Stage One of Steampunk Gypsy Crazy Quilt Skirt aka Piecing (Finished 1/5/2012)
  4. Black and Silver Plaid 1875 Square Overskirt and matching hat: Pattern (Truly Victorian 304) purchased by Beau as a gift for me. Plaid fabric, black broadcloth, silver lace trim, hook and eye closure and thread (black and metallic silver) from stash. Purchased black ribbon, hat (on clearance), silver crepe backed satin and petticoat net. (Finished 1/14/2012 except for decorative pocket)
  5. Harley Quinn collar and cuffs (Finished 1/21/2012)
  6. Star Wars pillowcases: no pattern, stash thread, purchased fabric (Finished 1/21/2012)
  7. Star Wars nightgown: stash thread and snaps, purchased fabric and pattern (Finished 1/21/2012)
  8. Spiderman pajama pants: stash and purchased fabric, stash thread and pattern (Finished 1/21/2012)
  9. Finally finished the gypsy steampunk corset with two D rings. (March)
  10. 1886 Asymmetrical Overkirt for my Paris 1880s steampunk. (March)
  11. Roma inspired steampunk crazy quilt skirt. (April)
  12. Petticoat of Doom to be worn under the Roma inspired steampunk crazy quilt skirt. (April)
  13. Decorated a clip on pouch to wear with the Roma inspired steampunk costume. (April)
  14. Mask for the SES masquerade (that I never wore) (April)
  15. Muppets fleece blanket for Nick Wheeler of the All American Rejects (he loved it, btw) (April)
  16. Playsuit. Stash fabric, purchased pattern.(Finished 6/5/2012)
  17. Paris 1880s steampunk bodice. (Finished around 7/5/2012)
  18. Shorts for the summer - red knit, pink and black knit and black gauze. All purchased fabrics, one purchased pattern, the other was a stash pattern, stash thread and I don't remember if I bought or had the elastic already.
  19. Green and white sundress. Stash fabric and pattern. (Finished around 7/5/2012) and made a petticoat (Finished before 8/2/2012)
  20. Commission for my friend Kevy Kev. (Finished by 8/20/2012)
  21. Halloween skirt. Stash fabric and pattern. (Basically done by 8/27/2012)
  22. Bunting (Finished around 7/15/2012) and nursing cover (Finished around 9/10/2012) for my nephew. 
  23. Cream tour wear leggings. Purchased fabric and pattern. (Finished 9/10/2012)
  24. Femme Joker suit, blouse and tie. Purchased fabric and dye. Stash patterns and thread. (Pretty much done by 9/17/2012)
  25.  Helped finish an embroidered baby quilt that my cousin is making for my nephew. (Finished by 9/17/2012)
  26. "I Believe in Pink" tour wear tunic. Purchased fabric and zipper, stash pattern. (Finished by 9/24/2012)
  27. "Wilde Side" tour wear leggings. Purchased fabric and pattern. (Finished before 10/13/2012)
  28. Christmas nightgown. Stash nativity print fabric that was a gift from my mom, purchased burgundy broadcloth, stash thread, stash pattern that was purchased within recent memory (Finished 10/27/2012)
  29. Leggings for Pepper. Stash pattern (kinda) and thread, purchased fabric (Finished by 11/5/2012)
  30. Harley Quinn pajama pants. Stash pattern, thread and elastic, purchased fabric (Finished by 11/5/2012)
  31. Wings for airship stewardess. Not really a sewing project, but considering they complete the costume I'm counting it! (Finished by 11/13/2012)
  32. New steampunk outfit of silver satin trimmed in silver and black plaid. Pretty much all from the stash, I think all I bought were D rings and black elastic cord for lacing. (Bodice finished by 12/1/2012, skirt finished 12/15/2012)
  33. "Naughty Christmas Elf" tour wear leggings. Stash pattern, thread and elastic; purchased fabric. (Finished 12/1/2012)
Thirty three projects in a year. Wow!

Update on 2012 To Do List!

Since it's approaching the end of the year, let's take a look at my year long to do list!


Costuming sewing goals:
  1. Finish my gypsy steampunk ensemble. DONE
  2. 1875 Square Overskirt (Truly Victorian) in black and silver plaid. DONE
  3. Pink and black steampunk ensemble. DONE
  4. An underbust corset out of left over key print flannel to wear with my Keeper of the Keys skirt and a blouse for steam casual events - Getting there.
  5. 1884 Wash Overskirt. Nope.
  6. I do want to do a sari inspired head to toe Victorian ensemble. This hasn't happened either.
  7. Female Joker. DONE
  8. I'd love to a natural form Victorian costume. Also hasn't happened.
  9. I'd still like to do an 18th century costume. Not necessarily a 2012 project. Nor has this.
  10. And I also have a desire to do a French Huguenot costume. Or this
  11. A Victorian bathing suit. Or this
Costuming goals - only 4 out of 11 are finished

Other sewing goals:
  1. My two retro sundresses from my free patterns. One of these is DONE
  2. I'd still like to make a playsuit with removable skirt, the project that never happened last summer. DONE
  3. I have a throw I made from concert tshirts that I'd like to enlarge. Not done.
  4. I have some flannel I'd like to make into a quilt. I actually do have a quilt top DONE
  5. I have some Spiderman flannel that wants to be pajama pants. DONE
  6. And some nativity printed cotton that wants to be a dress. DONE except it became a nightgown
  7. A circle skirt out of Halloween pin up fabric. DONE
  8. A high waisted skirt from my retro jumper pattern. DONE (part of my femme Joker costume)
Other sewing goals: 6 out of 8 (kinda).


Other things NOT on my 2012 list that I've done:
  1. Commission for a friend.
  2. Summer shorts to wear around the house.
  3. Lots of embroidery.
  4. Sewing for my nephew.
To finish before the end of the year:
  1. My embroidered quilt. I'm about halfway finished w the second to last block
  2. Suicide Squad Harley Quinn.for Ohayocon - Getting there.
  3. New collar and cuffs for my Harley Quinn bodysuit for Ohayocon - probably not going to happen
  4. Keeper of the Keys corset - Getting there
  5. Leggings for Pepper DONE
  6. Maybe some new steamy awesomeness for Ohayocon, like that wash overskirt... Made a new skirt so we'll count this as DONE
  7. Harley Quinn pajama pants for Ohayocon DONE
  8. Suspenders for my femme Joker
  9. New bodice for my black and silver steampunk DONE
  10. Wings for my airship stewardess costume for Ohayocon DONE
Not doing too bad, am I? Now to work on a completed projects post...

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tour Wear DC In Action!

With Pepper and Sayre rocking my Christmas leggings with a black tank and white tshirt that says "Be Naughty: Save Santa a Trip".

It's Almost Christmas!

  1. Embroidered quilt: Still working on block #11. *cue sigh* I don't think it's going to be done before I go home for the holidays.
  2.  Keeper of the Keys corset: Still pinned and not put together
  3. Suspenders for my femme Joker. - Still not done.
  4. Suicide Squad Harley Quinn hasn't been worked on either.... I don't know if I'll be able to get this done on time, not because of the costume construction but because the company I get my tights etc from is out of what I need.
  5. New bodice for my black and silver steampunk is DONE
  6. And I decided that I needed a new skirt to match ... Also DONE. Had a sewing day at my friends' house and pretty much pounded this out. It has a silver plaid waistband and bias hem. I couldn't find my horsehair braid so it has around a 4 inch wide hem facing of the same red taffeta I used to line the bodice. And some decorative stitching, courtesy of my friends fancy sewing machine.
  7. New Tour Wear leggings: DONE
Now I really want a hat to go with my new steampunk...

And it's a Build Day tomorrow! I plan to work on: embroidery, maybe hat construction, maybe scrapbooking. Pretty much anything that doesn't need a sewing machine because I want to be upstairs with my friends and not buried in the sewing room (basement).

On the scrapbooking topic -- I just printed the last three shows of AAR pictures. Time to start volume 2 of my scrapbook! It was decided that volume 1 was big enough already lol

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tour Wear for DC - Pictures!

Here's the leggings I made for DC. They're a crushed panne / stretch velvet with an embossed holly pattern. Total Christmas elf, right?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Updates!!

Guess I've been too busy sewing to update...Or maybe just too lazy / absent minded... lol

Okay, here's where I stand:

  1. Embroidered quilt: Still working on block #11. I've hit that point of not really wanting to work on it anymore...
  2.  Keeper of the Keys corset: The boning is done and it's pinned for the next step of construction.
  3. Suspenders for my femme Joker. - Still not done.
  4. Suicide Squad Harley Quinn hasn't been worked on either....
  5. New bodice for my black and silver steampunk is DONE
  6. And I decided that I needed a new skirt to match ... That's been cut out. Should be pretty easy (I hope) construction-wise. I just really love the idea of a 'suit', with the silvery grey satin head to toe...
  7. Soldiers Angels pillowcases and blankets still need worked on.
  8. New Tour Wear leggings: Bought the velvet, cut out the leggings and started putting them together. Next step is taking them in to fit perfectly.
I'm having a sewing day over at a friend's house today while the majority of Archon members are attending a gathering on the moon (aka Teslacon). I've got my embroidery, the new corset, spandex for the arm bracers for SSHQ, the new skirt, and the leggings all packed. First on the list is finishing the leggings since I leave for DC in a week!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Costume Porn!

Airship Stewardess wings!

The inside of my new steampunk bodice



Closeups of how I made the boning channels inside the bodice. I hand stitched bias strips over the boning because there wasn't enough space in the seam allowances for it.

Bodice with the lining put in

Close up of all the different stitching - the white was the basting that held the silver satin and the interlining together, the pink is the basting holding the lining and the outer fabric together.

Progress and What's In Miss Wilde's Sewing Basket: Thanksgiving Edition

  1. Embroidered quilt: Block #10 is DONE, started block #11. I'm still feeling on track for Christmas. This is definitely going home with me for Thanksgiving, so hopefully I'll get some work done then.
  2.  Keeper of the Keys corset will probably get worked on Thanksgiving or post Thanksgiving. My dad has more boning for me so once that's done I can start putting it all together.
  3. Suspenders for my femme Joker. Haven't started because Joanns was out of what I needed and I haven't gone back and bought the stuff yet.
  4. Suicide Squad Harley Quinn hasn't been worked on this week. I still need to - alter the front of the corset, line the corset, put in the bra cups and lacings, finish the shorts, make the collar, order what I need...
  5. New bodice for my black and silver steampunk is actually approaching completion. The collar is done and sewn on. The bottom edges have been trimmed in bias. I still need to - finish the armholes, finish the inside where the pleats are, finish the outside where the pleats are (decorating w a little left over trim), figure out what kind of lacing I'm doing in the front, decide if I'm trimming the front with ribbon or not, decide if I'm adding a ruffle to the back or not...
  6. Soldiers Angels pillowcases and blankets still need worked on. Honestly, I didn't make pillowcases this week because I didn't feel like changing out my thread in the machine. I did start on quilt top #2 though. 
  7. New Tour Wear leggings because I'm seeing the Rejects in less than three weeks in Maryland! Planning on buying some stretch velvet in green. It's a Christmas show, I want to look like an elf. lol
In my sewing bag for Thanksgiving: embroidered quilt, along w a ruler and marker to mark the block edges for stitching; Keeper of the Keys corset and that's probably it since I won't be home long. Oh maybe the leggings to at least cut them out. And maybe the pillowcases cuz those would be a quick and easy project while I'm home.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

More Progress! And adding to the to do list

Well, I've got a lot done since my last post...

First of all, I made a shopping list and went shopping for hopefully everything I need for the rest of the year. I got border and backing fabric for my quilt. Boning, quilting thread, quilting needles, a quilt hoop, black thread, batting for my quilt, some fabric to make pillowcases, yarn for a friend, lacing for the Harley corset, zippers for a few projects, gears, glue, fabric for the collar for the new Harley costume, elastic cord for bodice lacing... Okay I think that's it. And I actually have now added to my to do list so I'm going to need to go shopping again for a couple more things. Plus they didn't have the suspender clips I needed so I need to pick those up.

I worked on the embroidered quilt. Block #10 is almost done, which means I only have two more to embroider. I haven't started piecing it, but I did figure out how much fabric I needed for the border and backing.

I cut out the corset lining. And put it as well as the corset together. The corset is boned and the zipper been put in, next is another try on before I add in the bra cups and then put the lining in. Oh I also need to alter the front a little bit so it'll lace a little better. May need to re-do the front completely actually, so it looks more accurate.

The Harley pajama pants are DONE.

And not only did I start basting for the new bodice but I also put it together, put the lining together, put in the boning (including bias channels), decided what kind of collar to use, sewed the collar together, decided on trims, cut out and put together bias for said trim... Okay I think that's all so far :)

Oh! And I made the wings for my airship stewardess costume! Just used a little super glue to glue a couple gears onto my plastic Delta wings.

I still need to mail Pepper's leggings. As well as a costume that a friend bought from me.

Okay current status of to do list:

  1. Embroidered quilt is coming along nicely. I should have it ready by Christmas as planned. I hope.
  2.  Keeper of the Keys corset. Haven't worked on this. I have the zipper now, but I need more boning.
  3. Leggings for Pepper. DONE just need mailed
  4. Wings for my airship stewardess costume. DONE
  5.  Suspenders for my femme Joker. Haven't started because Joanns was out of what I needed
  6. Suicide Squad Harley Quinn - coming along nicely. The shorts are almost done. The corset is coming along well. I need to order my socks, figure out what I'm doing with my hair, and make the collar.
  7.  Harley Quinn pajama pants DONE
  8. New bodice for my black and silver steampunk. Also coming along nicely. I need to baste the lining and outside together, trim everything out in bias, decorate and put the collar on, figure out the buttons I want to do on the front...
New additions to the to do list: I joined a group called Soldiers Angels and am working on pillowcases and blankets for the troops. I have one quilt top put together already and two pillowcases pinned for sewing. I need to get batting and backing fabric and work on the quilt as well as get the pillowcases put together. I need some plain fabric for a pillowcase, because I have the perfect fabric to use as the cuff. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pictures! aka Costume Porn :)

Finished Harley Quinn pajama pants. I think they look pretty good, don't you? My Joker friend called them "spiffy" lol In the comic she's wearing a grey shirt with them, but I'll probably either wear my Harley and Ivy tshirt or a black tank top.

It still needs work, but I think the corset for the SSHarley is coming along well, don't you? Next up is taking it in some, then the engineering starts...

Monday, November 5, 2012

Weekend Progress!

This weekend I:

  1. Worked on my embroidered quilt, not much but I did work on it.
  2. Not only cut out but put together the leggings for Pepper. Just need to get those in the mail!
  3. Worked on SS Harley. I altered the pattern Friday night after work and cut out the spandex. I only messed up one piece which was okay considering how often I was looking at a picture while doing it to make sure I cut the correct side out of the correct color. Saturday and Sunday I basted the spandex to my interlining as well as pieced the front section together before basting it (the front panel is two colors).
  4. They still need hemmed to prevent the inexpensive knit from running but I made the Harley Quinn pajama pants!
  5. And I cut out the outer fabric and interlining of my new black and silver bodice. 
Not bad for a weekend, eh?

This week, my second job has me working less hours than usual. Which originally pissed me off, but then I realized that I need a break from working 60 hour weeks plus less hours there means more hours to sew! 


This week's to do List:
  1. Work on the embroidered quilt. I'm actually tempted to start piecing it together so I can figure out how much fabric I need for the border and the backing...
  2. Mail Pepper's leggings.
  3. Cut out the Harley corset lining. I think I'm going to use left over red taffeta from Diamonds are Forever. And start putting the corset together. The sooner the corset's together the sooner I can start figuring out the engineering that I'm going to have to do...
  4. Hem the Harley pajama pants.
  5. Start basting the fabric and interlining for my new bodice.
  6. Make a shopping list for all the stuff I need from the fabric store.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Progress on my Year End To Do List

I have a standing dinner date w friends every Wednesday, but they cancelled on me yesterday. Which was actually okay, because it meant that I got to go home and do some chores (dishes, put plastic on my bedroom windows to winterize them) and I got a little sewing done.

What I did:
  1. Embroidered quilt - Worked on this while at work during the day :)
  2. Suicide Squad Harley Quinn - Pinned together the corset interlining so I can baste it together and start working on altering the pattern.
  3. Harley Quinn pajama pants - are cut out! I decided to go with a leggings pattern, since the ones she's wearing in the comic look more like leggings than baggy pajama pants. I did cut them a little larger than I would cut actual leggings though.
 I have the quilt and the corset with me, just in case I get some free time at work to embroider or baste.

What I didn't work on (and why):
  1. Keeper of the Keys corset - I need more boning, which I'll need to get from my father (using plastic strips that he gets on the papers)
  2. Leggings for Pepper - I need her measurements and she hasn't gotten them to me yet.
  3. Wings for my airship stewardess costume - Need to buy gears and glue.
  4. I'm also thinking of pulling out and painting a little airship ornament that I bought several of a few years ago. It would make a lovely key chain on the keys I carry...
  5. Suspenders for my femme Joker - Haven't looked to see if I have ribbon yet. Need to buy the suspender clips.
  6. New bodice for my black and silver steampunk - Everything else needs done first! 
What I'd like to do this weekend:
  1. Work on the quilt
  2. Work on altering the SSHQ corset pattern. Even better if I can start construction of the costume, cuz there's sooo much to do.
  3. Put together the Harley pajama pants, which shouldn't take long at all
  4. At least cut out Pepper's leggings (as long as I get  her measurements)
  5. Maybe buy the supplies I need so I can work on the other little things that need done
Timeline -- Ohayocon is eleven weeks from tomorrow, which I know sounds like a lot. Until you think about the fact that I need to make SS Harley from the ground up as well as make a new Victorian bodice, which will not be a quick project.

And I'm also fighting the urge to learn yet another skill -- I want to learn how to tat. Just what I need, another hobby. lol

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

From now until Ohayocon To Do List

Before the end of the year:
  1. Embroidered quilt. Embroidery done as soon as possible so I can assemble the quilt top by Christmas. I'll need to purchase some fabric for the border. I already have 100% cotton thread for the piecing. 
  2. Keeper of the Keys corset. No deadline but the sooner the better so it's crossed off my list!
  3. Leggings for Pepper. Again, no deadline but sooner rather than later is the plan!
 Before Ohayocon, which is January 18-20th (earlier than usual):
  1. Wings for my airship stewardess costume. I have a pair of airline wings, I just need to add a gear or two...
  2. Suspenders for my femme Joker. Probably out of ribbon and elastic, likely with just clips because that will be a lot easier than buttons.
  3. Suicide Squad Harley Quinn
  4.  Harley Quinn pajama pants
  5. New bodice for my black and silver steampunk. And boy do I have plans for this one. I think it's gonna be pretty spectacular.
Pretty sure the new Harley collar is just going to have to wait, although I might fix the cuffs that are currently borderline unwearable.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Update on my "2012 Sewing Goals" and "Before the End of the Year" to do list

At the beginning of the year, I posted my "2012 Sewing Goals" and I figured it was time for an update to see how I've been doing.

I  haven't really fulfilled my blog goal of more photos, but I'm always trying!

Now for the sewing goals -- costuming.
  1. Finish my gypsy steampunk ensemble. DONE
  2. 1875 Square Overskirt (Truly Victorian) in black and silver plaid. DONE
  3. Pink and black steampunk ensemble. DONE
  4. An underbust corset out of left over key print flannel to wear with my Keeper of the Keys skirt and a blouse for steam casual events - Started and probably about halfway finished
  5. 1884 Wash Overskirt. Haven't even thought about this one. Maybe a new overskirt for Ohayocon?
  6. I do want to do a sari inspired head to toe Victorian ensemble. This hasn't happened either.
  7. Female Joker. DONE
  8. I'd love to a natural form Victorian costume. Also hasn't happened.
  9. I'd still like to do an 18th century costume. Not necessarily a 2012 project. Nor has this.
  10. And I also have a desire to do a French Huguenot costume. Or this
  11. A Victorian bathing suit. Or this
Costuming goals - only 4 out of 11 are finished

Other sewing goals:
  1. My two retro sundresses from my free patterns. One of these is DONE
  2. I'd still like to make a playsuit with removable skirt, the project that never happened last summer. DONE
  3. I have a throw I made from concert tshirts that I'd like to enlarge. Not done.
  4. I have some flannel I'd like to make into a quilt. Or this.
  5. I have some Spiderman flannel that wants to be pajama pants. DONE
  6. And some nativity printed cotton that wants to be a dress. DONE except it became a nightgown
  7. A circle skirt out of Halloween pin up fabric. DONE
  8. A high waisted skirt from my retro jumper pattern. DONE (part of my femme Joker costume)
Other sewing goals: 5 out of 8.


Other things NOT on my 2012 list that I've done:
  1. Commission for a friend.
  2. Summer shorts to wear around the house.
  3. Lots of embroidery.
  4. Sewing for my nephew.
To finish before the end of the year:
  1. My embroidered quilt. I hope to have the embroidery done and the quilt top assembled by Christmas.
  2. Suicide Squad Harley Quinn.for Ohayocon
  3. New collar and cuffs for my Harley Quinn bodysuit for Ohayocon
  4. Keeper of the Keys corset
  5. Leggings for Pepper
  6. Maybe some new steamy awesomeness for Ohayocon, like that wash overskirt...
  7. Harley Quinn pajama pants for Ohayocon 
  8. Suspenders for my femme Joker
  9. New bodice for my black and silver steampunk
Not doing too bad, am I?

Finished Projects so far This Year

  1. Miss Fletcher's Bodice. All materials provided by Miss Fletcher. (Finished 1/16/2012)
  2. Steampunk Gypsy Corset: stash fabric, trim, thread, eyelets, D rings, and zipper; purchased eyelets, trim and buckles (Finished 1/17/2012 except for the D rings)
  3. Stage One of Steampunk Gypsy Crazy Quilt Skirt aka Piecing (Finished 1/5/2012)
  4. Black and Silver Plaid 1875 Square Overskirt and matching hat: Pattern (Truly Victorian 304) purchased by Beau as a gift for me. Plaid fabric, black broadcloth, silver lace trim, hook and eye closure and thread (black and metallic silver) from stash. Purchased black ribbon, hat (on clearance), silver crepe backed satin and petticoat net. (Finished 1/14/2012 except for decorative pocket)
  5. Harley Quinn collar and cuffs (Finished 1/21/2012)
  6. Star Wars pillowcases: no pattern, stash thread, purchased fabric (Finished 1/21/2012)
  7. Star Wars nightgown: stash thread and snaps, purchased fabric and pattern (Finished 1/21/2012)
  8. Spiderman pajama pants: stash and purchased fabric, stash thread and pattern (Finished 1/21/2012)
  9. Finally finished the gypsy steampunk corset with two D rings. (March)
  10. 1886 Asymmetrical Overkirt for my Paris 1880s steampunk. (March)
  11. Roma inspired steampunk crazy quilt skirt. (April)
  12. Petticoat of Doom to be worn under the Roma inspired steampunk crazy quilt skirt. (April)
  13. Decorated a clip on pouch to wear with the Roma inspired steampunk costume. (April)
  14. Mask for the SES masquerade (that I never wore) (April)
  15. Muppets fleece blanket for Nick Wheeler of the All American Rejects (he loved it, btw) (April)
  16. Playsuit. Stash fabric, purchased pattern.(Finished 6/5/2012)
  17. Paris 1880s steampunk bodice. (Finished around 7/5/2012)
  18. Shorts for the summer - red knit, pink and black knit and black gauze. All purchased fabrics, one purchased pattern, the other was a stash pattern, stash thread and I don't remember if I bought or had the elastic already.
  19. Green and white sundress. Stash fabric and pattern. (Finished around 7/5/2012) and made a petticoat (Finished before 8/2/2012)
  20. Commission for my friend Kevy Kev. (Finished by 8/20/2012)
  21. Halloween skirt. Stash fabric and pattern. (Basically done by 8/27/2012)
  22. Bunting (Finished around 7/15/2012) and nursing cover (Finished around 9/10/2012) for my nephew. 
  23. Cream tour wear leggings. Purchased fabric and pattern. (Finished 9/10/2012)
  24. Femme Joker suit, blouse and tie. Purchased fabric and dye. Stash patterns and thread. (Pretty much done by 9/17/2012)
  25.  Helped finish an embroidered baby quilt that my cousin is making for my nephew. (Finished by 9/17/2012)
  26. "I Believe in Pink" tour wear tunic. Purchased fabric and zipper, stash pattern. (Finished by 9/24/2012)
  27. "Wilde Side" tour wear leggings. Purchased fabric and pattern. (Finished before 10/13/2012)
  28. Christmas nightgown. Stash nativity print fabric that was a gift from my mom, purchased burgundy broadcloth, stash thread, stash pattern that was purchased within recent memory (Finished 10/27/2012)

Weekend Happenings and Ohayocon Planning

This weekend I worked on the embroidered quilt - only three more blocks to go before assembly time! - and finished my Christmas nightgown! I may still add some lace to the nightgown, but I kind of like it as is. I also prewashed fabric for Pepper's leggings that I'm going to start for her. I bought fabric for the pajama pants that Harley wears in an issue of Gotham City Sirens (I think that's what comic its from...) And...started my Suicide Squad Harley Quinn.

Here's the plan for Harley Quinn:
  • Shorts using Simplicity 2317, with the left side black and the right side red. I may have to alter it a little, but not too much
  • Corset using McCalls 3636, with the front left side red and the right side black, colors reversed on the back of the corset. The corset is going to be drastically altered from the pattern, but I think it'll make a good starting point.
  • I'm working with left over spandex from my bodysuit, which will work perfectly for the shorts but the corset is going to be stabilized with some heavy sturdy fabric.
  • The corset is going to take some engineering and will likely contain interlining and lining along with boning and bra cups (once I figure out what kind of bra cups to use)
  • I'll also need to make a neck ruffle and gauntlets, one red, one black
  • I need to buy two pairs of socks, one red, one black
  • And figure out what I'm doing with my hair and my shoes...
I'm going to start by sewing together the corset out of the interlining and seeing where I need to alter it. I already know that the front is going to change, as is the back because the back dips lower than the front. Then I'll use the altered pieces as my pattern to cut out the spandex.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sorry for the lack of posts, my friends. I've been rather busy.

Let's see....My last to do list is not done. I basically ran out of time.

  1. I did sew ribbon onto my "I believe in pink" tunic. Unfort. I used seam binding and it did not survive being washed after I wore the tunic so that will have to be replaced with actual ribbon.
  2. I finished the waistband on my "Wilde Side" leggings but left them unhemmed
  3. "Eat drink and be scary" tunic is STILL not finished. I ran into a lot of problems and ended up basically throwing it to the side. It was that, or start crying.
In other news, the cream leggings wore worn to the Cleveland AAR show with a green mini dress. And the "I believe in pink" tunic with the "Wilde Side" leggings were a hit at the Indianapolis show. The boys loved my outfit. :)

After throwing aside the tunic, I pulled out my Christmas nightgown. Which went together pretty much without any issues. All that's left is to hem the ruffle and I'll have a super old fashioned nightgown to wear at Christmas time. Woo hoo!

Next up is another attempt at the "Eat drink and be scary" tunic, then I'm moving on to Ohayocon sewing - Suicide Squad Harley Quinn as well as a new collar for my comic Harley Quinn bodysuit. And maybe new cuffs as well, because mine are almost unwearable.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

To Do List - Deadline October 13 2012

I need to get on the ball and finish my Tour Wear!

  1. Sew ribbon onto "I believe in pink" tunic. I want to do a black ribbon waistband that ties in the back, or at least just a little bit of ribbon tacked on the back to tie in a bow
  2. "Wilde Side" leggings need hemmed and need the waistband done.
  3. "Eat drink and be scary" tunic needs sewn together.
And I've got...like ten or eleven days. With doubles on T, TH and F, work on Sunday, dinner plans tomorrow and next Wednesday, bible study next Monday and plans all day Saturday.

Anyone know how we can add a few more hours to the day? 

(Mid) Ohio Comic Con Photos

 Day One - Harley Quinn bodysuit with my friend as TDK Joker

Day Two - Steampunk Harley Quinn aka Diamonds are Foever with my friend Jay, who loves Harley Quinn so much that he made himself a henchman costume

Day Three - the debut of my femme Joker with my friend as male Harley Quinn

Monday, September 24, 2012

Progress!! And what I'd like to accomplish this week

The "I believe in pink" tunic is DONE! Well I'm contemplating a ribbon and a bow, but its wearable and thus done. :)


I worked on my embroidered quilt. And found the missing blocks. Unfortunately, among the missing was an uncompleted block so now I have three more after the one I'm currently working on instead of the two that I thought were remaining. I think instead of following the package instructions of a border that I'm going to sash out the blocks and put a border on to make it the right size.


Worked on boning the keeper of the keys waist cincher. This was my project at the Archon Build Day.


And started pinning the "eat drink and be scary" tunic

I also worked on my "Wilde Side" leggings and they are almost done. All they need is the waistband and the cuffs. And maybe taken in just a little more...I'm not sure.

What I'd like to do this week:
1. Work on my embroidered quilt.
2. Finish the "Wilde Side" leggings

That's probably all I can manage, because I have (Mid) Ohio Comic Con this weekend.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Archon Build Day Tomorrow!

We have our first build day in a while tomorrow, here's what I'm planning to take:

  1. The "I believe in pink" tunic is almost done. Unless I finish it tonight or tomorrow before I go, I'll take it with me to put in the zipper and stitch the lining in place.
  2. My embroidered quilt (which I have worked on this week)
  3. And (if I can get it ready for boning) my keeper of the keys waist cincher so I can bone it. If I can find a new zipper, I'll take the skirt too so I can replace the zipper.
  4. My "eat drink and be scary" tunic for pinning
All of this can't go with me, but here's what I'd like to finish this weekend:

  1.  "I believe in pink" tunic
  2. "Wilde Side" leggings
  3. and work in the cincher, the embroidered quilt and the keeper of the keys cincher and skirt

Monday, September 17, 2012

What Miss Wilde Did This Weekend and an Update on the To Do List



  1. Miss Joker suit and blouse - DONE (decided not to make shoe clips at this time)
  2. Tour Wear 
    1. Cream leggings are DONE!
    2. "Wilde Side" leggings are cut out and pinned for the first seam
    3.  'I believe in pink' tunic is started and has already had a fitting
    4. "Eat, drink and be scary" Halloween tunic is still ready for construction, but I have the zipper and have cut out the lining.
  3. The embroidered quilt for my nephew is DONE and headed back to my cousin for quilting.
  4. Didn't work on my embroidered quilt
  5. Halloween skirt - Still need to finish the waistband.
  6. Christmas nightgown is ready for construction. 
  7. Keeper of the Keys waist cincher- Decided that I need this by November 1 for an Archon event. This also means that I need to fix my Keeper of the Keys skirt...-
  8. Quilt blocks are still waiting for me to start my Ohio Star blocks.
  9. And I cut out 32 four and a half inch blocks for my charm quilt. 
My weekend were:
  • At least get the "Wilde Side" leggings cut out if not started. - check
  • And work on one or both of my tunics. - sorta check
  • Maybe work on my embroidery. - definite check since I finished the baby quilt
What I'd like to do this week:
  1. Finish one tunic, probably "I believe in pink"
  2. Get the "Wilde Side" leggings done which should be a quick project
  3. Work on my embroidered quilt. The Archon is having a build day this weekend, this will likely go with me. 
  4. Hmmmm maybe I should get the waist cincher ready for boning then I could work on it at the build day...

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Weekend progress - September 15 2012


So far this weekend, I've...

Went to the fabric store and bought: a zipper and lining (remnant of black broadcloth) for the "Eat drink and be scary" tunic; a zipper and thread for the "I believe in pink" tunic; a fat quarter that was white w red stars on it and a remnant of blue and white cotton for the patriotic quilt I'm planning; elastic for my "Wilde Side" leggings

Then I:
  • Cut out the "Wilde Side" leggings and pinned the first seam. I'm contemplating using wider elastic than the pattern calls for so they sit higher...
  • Worked on my "I believe in pink" tunic a little and did a first fitting. I think the back neckline is going to have an interesting shape... 
  • Worked on the embroidered baby quilt
  • Sorted through fabric and started cutting out four and a half inch squares for the charm quilt. They're in a plastic ziploc bag.
  • Also separated out fabrics for a patriotic quilt and got my Ohio Star pieces in a plastic bag.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

The Quilting Bug, It Has Bitten Me

Seriously, it has.

I'm going to start two ziploc bags for my quilting fabric pieces. One for the Ohio Star quilt I've already started cutting out pieces for. And one for pieces for a charm quilt.

I really really really wanna make a charm quilt. And I'd say to tell me I'm insane and to stop me but you know that won't do any good. lol I can also hear some faint queries of  "What is a charm quilt?" Basically a quilt made up of a TON of pieces, all in the same shape (squares, triangles, etc), and without any repeating. This website has a cool little brief history. Originally, women swapped squares with friends so if anyone wants to join me on this adventure, let me know and we'll start swapping!

I'm thinking maybe 4 inch squares for my charm quilt. Lots and lots of little four inch squares...Like probably around 1,000.

A thousand different fabrics. 

Long term goals, I have them.

September 10 2012 To Do List Update

I basically forced myself to work on projects this week instead of sitting around on my few free hours. I actually prefer feeling accomplished to lazy though :)
  1. Miss Joker suit and blouse - This is DONE except for the accessories
  2. Tour Wear 
    1. Cream leggings are DONE!
    2. Leopard print leggings fabric is started prewashing. How does 'Wilde Side" leggings sound for these?
    3.  'I believe in pink' tunic - Is started. The bodice and bodice lining pieces are half put together. I need to get a zipper.
    4. "Eat, drink and be scary" Halloween tunic is still ready for construction.I need to get a zipper and some lining. I tried it with leftover burgundy from my Christmas night gown but it didn't work.
  3. Haven't touched either embroidered quilt
  4. Halloween skirt - Still need to finish the waistband.
  5. Christmas nightgown is ready for construction. 
  6. Keeper of the Keys waist cincher
  7. Quilt blocks are still waiting for me to start my Ohio Star blocks.
This weekend, I'd like to:
  • At least get the "Wilde Side" leggings cut out if not started.
  • And work on one or both of my tunics. 
  • Maybe work on my embroidery.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tour Wear Post the First

As I'm sure most of you know, I have a slight shall we say obsession for the All American Rejects. This fall I will be attending two shows (sadly, because I wish it were more) and I've decided to basically sew myself a new wardrobe of 'tour wear' for these two shows of leggings and tunics. Current outfit plans: Outfit #1 - cream leggings and a Halloween print tunic (nicknamed the "Eat, drink and be scary" tunic). Outfit #2 - grey leopard print leggings and the "I believe in pink" tunic.

Outfit #1 Details:
Last night, I completed my first item of this Tour Wear wardrobe -- a pair of cream leggings that my friend Pepper said came out 'banging'. The pattern itself was super easy (they're kinda like pajama pants in construction) but they took a lot of tailoring to fit properly. It was sew this seam, try it on, take it in, try it on, take it in a little more at the ankle, then at the knee...you get the picture. But they came out pretty perfect and super comfy - I ended up leaving them on after the last fitting!




Pattern for my "Eat, drink and be scary" tunic, McCalls 6396

"Eat drink and be scary" tunic fabric and cream leggings fabric

The "Eat drink and be scary" tunic has been cut out but not started.


Outfit #2 Details:

I'll be using the same leggings pattern as before, McCalls 6173, in a grey leopard print sweater knit. Since I took in the cream pair so much, I may cut a smaller size to start with...On the other hand, the stretch is likely very different so it might be better to stick with the same size... We'll see. The fabric is purchased but I haven't prewashed it yet.

And the "I believe in pink" tunic has been started! I used the bodice from my skull print sundress pattern, McCalls 5094 view E or F, and I'm planning to attach a square shaped skirt.

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 10 2012 To Do List

  1. Nursing cover is DONE! 
  2. Miss Joker suit and blouse - Almost there! I need to sew a closure onto the elastic on the blouse, and make the shoe clips. The skirt is hemmed and the tie is ready! 
  3. Tour Wear leggings - This is my next project. I need to get the cream leggings made to see if the pattern is going to work before touching the other fabrics I bought for leggings. Although they're Tour Wear I don't think the cream leggings are going to get a name...
  4.  Tour Wear 'I believe in pink' tunic is also ready for construction. I decided to rename this, "I believe in pink" is an Audrey Hepburn quote.
  5.  Tour Wear "Eat, drink and be scary" Halloween tunic is ready for construction.
  6. My embroidered quilt
  7. The embroidered quilt for my nephew - This is as done as I can get it until I buy some grey, brown and black floss.
  8. Halloween skirt - Still need to finish the waistband.
  9. Christmas nightgown is ready for construction. 
  10. Keeper of the Keys waist cincher
  11. Quilt blocks are still waiting for me to start my Ohio Star blocks.
So I have a lot of things 'ready for construction'...Guess I should get to constructing then, huh?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What Miss Wilde Did This Weekend

Okay, ladies and gents, while a lot of you were away at conventions, I was sitting around in my pajamas sewing and watching copious amounts of Doctor Who at my parents house. :)
  1. My embroidered quilt - Finished another block. I think I have three more to go.
  2. The embroidered quilt for my nephew - Worked on this. I'm going to need to pick up a few colors of floss, because most of what I have is pink, green, blue, yellow and purple. I could use some browns and some black.
  3. Miss Joker suit and blouse - This is swiftly approaching done-ness. The skirt just needs hemmed and the blouse needs hemmed with elastic to keep it in place. I also bought shoes, just cute black wedges that I'm going to make gaudy shoe clips for, probably in orange. And the tie needs a little work as well.
  4. Keeper of the Keys waist cincher - Drew on the stitching lines for the boning
  5. Quilting supplies - I cut a bunch of 4 1/2 and 5 1/4 inch squares to start making Ohio Star blocks for a scrap quilt.
  6. Leggings fabric - I cut out the first pair of leggings, the cream ones from a remnant. And pinned the first seam.
  7. Christmas nightgown and some lace - I cut out the ruffle and the yoke from burgundy broadcloth and starting the pinning.
  8. Nursing cover - Started the pinning.
  9. Tour Wear 'pretty in pink' tunic - Bodice is pinned together for the first stage of sewing and the skirt is cut out. I decided to go with a square.
  10. Halloween skirt - I cut out and pinned together the tab that I need to finish the waistband, but didn't have any blue thread so I couldn't sew it.
I also helped my mom pin the quilt she's making the baby. And got the leftover fabric for my troubles. I'm totally okay with fabric as payment. :)

I also went shopping and picked up - black spangled knit fabric to make Pepper some leggings, snow leopard print knit fabric to make myself a pair of leggings, an awesome Halloween print that's going to be a tunic, two patterns (for the leggings and a tunic pattern), notions for the nursing cover (boning, D rings), burgundy broadcloth for my Chirstmas nightgown, and some embroidery floss for my quilt.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Progress photos!

 Basting for the Joker blouse.
 Basting for the Joker jacket lining
 Embroidering my quilt.
 The finished Joker jacket!
Close up on the Joker jacket.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Packing

It's completely normal to pack one bag of clothes, take some laundry and pack two bags of sewing projects for a weekend at your parents' house, right?

In Miss Wilde's world it is!

Here's what's packed for the weekend:
  1. My embroidered quilt
  2. The embroidered quilt for my nephew
  3. Miss Joker suit and blouse (still need to decide if I'm doing real buttons w buttonholes or snaps and faux buttons on the blouse)
  4. Keeper of the Keys waist cincher (cut out the lining and the interlining yesterday, white broadcloth and white denim respectively last night) and 'boning'
  5. Quilting supplies
  6. Leggings fabric
  7. Christmas nightgown and some lace
  8. Nursing cover
  9. Tour Wear 'pretty in pink' tunic
  10. Halloween skirt
That should keep me entertained and out of trouble, right? 

Monday, August 27, 2012

When the boss is away, the mice will...sew?

I got a lot done last week in my quiet office --
  • Halloween skirt: I finished the zipper, just need to extend the waistband yoke and add hook and eye closeures.
  • Miss Joker: The jacket is DONE!  The skirt waistband is on and the zipper is basted in. It passed the fitting test so all I need to do is finish the zipper and add a hook and eye closure.
  • Nursing cover: is cut out.
  • Christmas nightgown: I decided to make this one , option A. Probably without elastic on the sleeves. I cut the body of the nightgown plus the sleeves from the nativity print. The yoke and the ruffle will need to be done in a coordinating fabric, maybe a stripe. I was going to try to use some brown stripe I have at home but it turns out the fabric is cream and burgundy, not brown.
  • AAR Tour Wear: Tunic - Fabric is prewashed and the bodice is cut out. Still trying to decide if I want to do a square or a circle skirt for the tunic. Leggings - Prewashed the cream knit for my trial pair and the leggings pattern is on sale this weekend.
And I pulled out the embroidered quilt I started years ago, going to try to have the embroidery done and the quilt top assembled by Christmas.

I'll be traveling to my parents' home this weekend for the holiday. And I will have a lot of down time so I'm taking sewing. So far I've packed: (1) embroidered quilt for my nephew that I'm finishing for my cousin because she doesn't know all the stitches (2) a waist cincher that I plan to bone similar to a pair of stays with plastic ties from my father's newspapers (3) cotton scraps and quilting patterns in case I decide to start cutting. I'll also be taking (1) the Joker skirt to finish (2) the embroidered quilt (3) leggings fabric and pattern. I may even pack some of the pieces that need construction (the nightgown, the tunic, the nursing cover) and work on it there. But most of what I want to take is hand work or other things that I can work on away from a machine (such as cutting out patterns) because I will be spending Saturday in my parents' living room watching about 15 hours of Doctor Who. BBC America is showing the entire sixth season starting at 7 am, then premiering season seven at 9 pm! So excited.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fabric Shopping and What's In Miss Wilde's Sewing Basket

Fabric Shopping - A friend and I ventured out to the fabric store last evening. I purchases a few clearance items (a Disney Fairies pencil case that will probably be used for makeup, a black and white striped bow that I plan to attach to my Diamonds are Forever top hat, and two spools of thread); a bright orange organza remnant for my Miss Joker jacket lining; a cream rayon / spandex knit remnant to try out that leggings pattern when I get it (waiting for a sale!); a zipper for my Miss Joker skirt; and two yards of a bright pink extra wide cotton for a Tour Wear tunic which may also be used for a sundress skirt.

Progress - After shopping, I came home and worked on projects aka I worked on Miss Joker: The orange organza lining will need backed, so I pulled out some broadcloth and cut the jacket lining out of both the broadcloth and the organza. I also cut out some sleeve lining out of a purple striped lining fabric because I feel that the jacket fabric is going to be too scratchy on my arms. I cut out the skirt waistband, both out of denim and the skirt fabric, and started putting it together. And I also used broadcloth to cut out the interfacing for the blouse collar, collar stand and front band. The jacket collar has been cut out of the suiting and some black cotton for the interfacing. Oh and I decided to not take in the jacket because I'm afraid that if I do take it in that it will be too small. It's perfect across the shoulders so I'm leaving it alone. I think the collar is going to be trimmed in the orange organza, just a small ruffle.

What's in Miss Wilde's Sewing Basket - The office is going to be quiet this week, so last night I packed up my sewing basket. (1) Almost every piece of my Miss Joker suit. I'm planning to hand baste the lining and probably all the interfaced blouse pieces. I also want to work on the skirt waistband and zipper. (2) Halloween skirt so I can go ahead and get the zipper done. (3) Fabric and pattern for the nursing cover for my sister in law. (4) Fabric and pattern for the Christmas nightgown to see what I can do.

To Do List:
  • Halloween skirt: Finish the zipper.
  • Miss Joker: Hand baste lining and pin the lining together for stitching. Pin together sleeve lining for stitching. Baste blouse interfacing. Baste jacket collar interfacing. Sew on skirt waistband. Put in skirt zipper. 
  • Nursing cover: Cut out brown flannel and paw print flannel for the trim.
  • Christmas nightgown: Decide which nightgown to make and cut out the pattern. Also decide what kind of contrast fabric I want to use and where.
  • AAR Tour Wear: Prewash fabric. Once that's done, start on tunic. I can at least get that done while waiting for the leggings pattern. 
  • Hellhound cosplay

Monday, August 20, 2012

What Miss Wilde Did This Weekend



  1. Finish the commission. - DONE and will be handed off tomorrow
  2. Halloween skirt - Still need to finish the zipper and closure, but its not a priority. Deadline: October.
  3. Femme Joker - Lots of progress here! Tried on the skirt and took it in. Also made the zipper larger because there was no way to wear that slim of a skirt without a longer zipper. It still needs taken in maybe another half inch. It's also too long. The base of the jacket is put together, but I think it needs some darts in the back to help it fit better. Then comes the collar and the lining (still need to buy lining fabric...) The blouse is cut out, but I haven't started assembly yet. Deadline: end of September
  4. Nursing cover for my sister in law - Fabric has been bought and prewashed. Deadline: probably October-ish.
  5. AAR Tour Wear: I have a leggings pattern picked out, just waiting for it to go on sale. I also have some tunic plans, but will need to purchase fabric for said tunics. Deadline: September / October
  6. Hellhound cosplay: Realized I already have part of it - a blue scarf! I have a jacket pattern picked out but am unsure right now if it'll work or not. Currently thinking jeans, boots, tshirt, scarf and a cool jacket. All I'll probably have to make is the jacket. Oh and a wand. Definitely gonna have to make a wand. Deadline: Don't have one. Maybe end of September, maybe not til January for Ohayocon.
  7. Christmas nightgown: Pulled the fabric and patterns out the other day. I'm going to have to get a matching print to do part of the nightgown in because I definitely don't have enough of the nativity print cotton to do a long nightgown like I want to.  Deadline: Christmas (obviously)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Progress! (not much, but still progress is progress)

I've actually made some progress! lol

  1. Finish the commission. - Almost done. It's stitched together and I'm almost finished hand stitching the lining in place. Deadline; ASAP
  2. Halloween skirt - Stitched the yoke to the skirt and hemmed it. The zipper is basted in but not stitched. I still need to finish the zipper and add some hook and eyes to finish off the closure. Deadline: October.
  3. Femme Joker - Started sewing the skirt and the jacket together. Next up is fitting the skirt, cuz it looks huge... Deadline: end of September
  4. Nursing cover for my sister in law - Fabric has been bought and prewashed. Deadline: probably October-ish.
  5. Contemplating making some leggings for AAR's fall tour, for myself and for Pepper, and or a tunic to wear with said leggings or ones that I already own. Deadline: September / October
  6. Also contemplating a Hellhound costume from Auror's Tale. Deadline: Don't have one. Maybe end of September, maybe not til January for Ohayocon.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

STILL little to no progress

Lack of progress is mainly because I've been so crazy busy lately.
  1. Finish the commission. - Still not done. Deadline; ASAP
  2. Petticoat for my green and white sundress. - DONE. And then I wore a different dress to the wedding. It was still one that I made though, I wore my walkaway green and purple wrap dress.
  3. Bunting for my nephew - DONE
  4. Halloween skirt - Gathered to fit the yoke but not stitched. Deadline: October.
  5. Femme Joker - Cut out the suit. AND started the pinning. Deadline: end of September
  6. Nursing cover for my sister in law - Bought the fabric yesterday, brown flannel that is going to be trimmed in left over fabric from the bunting. Deadline: probably October-ish.
  7. Contemplating making some leggings for AAR's fall tour, for myself and for Pepper, and or a tunic to wear with said leggings or ones that I already own. Deadline: September / October
  8. Also contemplating a Hellhound costume from Auror's Tale. Deadline: Don't have one. Maybe end of September, maybe not til January for Ohayocon.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Little to no progress from Miss Wilde...

  1. Finish the commission. - Haven't had the chance to work on this recently. I really need to make some time for it, but my weekend is booked and my weeks have been crazy busy lately. Planning on next weekend to get it done.
  2. Petticoat for my green and white sundress. - Haven't started this either. Need this done by August 3.
  3. Bunting for my nephew - DONE
  4. Halloween skirt - Gathered to fit the yoke but not stitched.
  5. Femme Joker - Cut out the suit.
  6. Sis in law wants a matching nursing cover so I need to try and get that done by the time the baby comes (late August / early September)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

To Do List Progress

  1. Finish the commission. - My wrist is feeling better so I started the basting. It still looks off, esp in the arms so I'm going to have to devote some time to it this weekend.
  2. Sew snaps on the Paris bodice. - DONE
  3. Cut out the lining and work on my green and white sundress. - Dress is DONE! And I have the materials for the petticoat, just haven't started them yet.
  4. Black gauze shorts - DONE
  5. Dye femme Joker suit fabric - DONE
  6. Work on the bunting for my nephew. - This is cut out and I started putting it together yesterday.
  7. Halloween circle skirt - This one is going to be odd. I couldn't use the pattern exactly so I have the yoke cut out and sewn together and I cut three lengths of fabric for the skirt. They've been sewn together and gather stitched so next up is gathering them to fit the yoke.
  8. And I randomly made a backless halter from left over Paris fabric.
What I'd like to get done over the next few weeks:
- The bunting
- The commission
- The petticoat for the green and white dress
- The Halloween skirt
- And at least start on the femme Joker

By the way, I now have a due date for femme Joker - I've decided to go to Mid Ohio Comic Con in September because one of my favorite celebrities is going to be there. CM Punk from WWE. Yes, I am a wrestling fan. And proud of it. lol

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Nativity Fabric Idea

A Christmas nightgown! I have two Simplicity nightgown patterns - Option A. Option B. I really think I should do a Victorian Christmas nightgown with lace and everything. I wonder how much fabric I have...

That is all.

EDIT 6/25 - My mama LOVED this idea. Now to see if I have enough to do it. And finish the other projects I have waiting for me...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What Is Miss Wilde Up To?

The answer is always 'No good!' lol

What I've been up to the last few days:

First of all, I'm still in a wrist brace so hand sewing is definitely not doable right now, so the commission and the Paris bodice haven't been worked on.

Green and white sundress - Coming along nicely. I cut out the lining and started putting together the dress -- put the bodice together then gathered and attached the eyelet skirt. The collar's put together but not attached. I can't do anything else til I get a zipper. And I'm going to have to make a crinoline. I have the netting, just need to get something for the base.

Fabrics were prewashed. I've made the pink and black knit shorts which are super cute and the red ones, which are a little small, probably because I had to double layer the thin knit. I don't have enough of the black and white polka dots or the pink stripe to make anything. I also cut out a pair of black gauze shorts, and the bunting. And the Halloween skirt, which is not going to be a circle skirt after all because of the pattern direction. So I'm using an OOP McCalls pattern from my stash as inspiration and making a gathered / pleated (haven't decided which yet) skirt out of it instead.

I haven't dyed the femme Joker suit fabric yet because a friend is planning to visit with something of his own to dye. So that's on hold til the dye party!

I'm thinking the pretty calico remnant I picked up is going to be a sundress bodice. Just need to get a coordinating solid for the skirt.

Things to buy - zipper for the green and white dress, fabric for the petticoat, fabric for sundress #2 skirt

On my table right now - the black gauze shorts, the bunting for my baby nephew and the Halloween skirt.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer to do list - June 15 2012

Alright ladies and gents, I've got a lot of things to get done this summer, so here's my to do list:
  1. Finish the commission. Next up is basting to make sure everything's fitting like I want it to, then stitching it together by machine and by hand. 
  2. Sew snaps on the Paris bodice.
  3. Cut out the lining and work on my green and white sundress. I need this for a wedding in August!
  4. Pre-wash fabrics so I can get started on some projects - shorts fabric, bunting fabric, femme Joker fabric
  5. Dye femme Joker suit fabric
  6. Make some shorts: I've got red knit, pink and black knit, black gauze, black and white polka dots, pink striped shirting...Some are going to be little knit sleep short styles, some more suitable to wearing outside. This might get moved higher in the list since it's gonna be hot this weekend...
  7. Work on the bunting for my nephew. This needs done by July 15th.
  8. More sundresses, maybe another colored bodice with eyelet skirt creation...or an entirely white offering.
  9. Halloween circle skirt
This weekend, I'd like to get the following done, but might have to wait for any hand sewing that needs done: I hit my hand yesterday at work and am currently wearing a wrist brace (I have bad wrists):
  1. Commission
  2. Paris bodice
  3. Pre-washing fabric
  4. At least cut out if not make some shorts
  5. At least cut out lining for my green and white sundress, if not start sewing

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fabric Shopping Haul

Joanns is having a big sale this week (Firefly Frenzy, go shop!) so a friend and I went to get a few things.

Fabric wise, I picked up:
  • a really pretty teal printed calico remnant, which will likely become a corset
  • a black gauze remnant for some shorts
  • 1/4 yard of an orange sparkly fabric for the femme Joker tie
  • a little over a yard of a lime green printed cotton for the femme Joker blouse (I have some interesting plans for this item...)
  • one yard of a red knit for some shorts. I'm gonna double it cuz the fabric's rather sheer
  • half a yard of an awesome pink and black large houndstooth knit for a pair of shorts
  • three yards of a blue striped linen / rayon suiting that I'm going to dye purple for my femme Joker suit
  • a yard each of two different flannels to make a bunting for my nephew
Except for the flannels which were on sale for half off, and the remnants, all the other fabrics I purchased were from the red tag clearance and were half off their clearance price.

Non fabric wise, I got:
  • snaps for the Paris Steampunk bodice
  • a bunch of scrapbooking paper, some prints and some solids, all of which were on sale or on clearance (I'm tired of what I have for my AAR scrapbook and wanted new pretties to play with)
  • a purple sparkly pendant that was on clearance. I plan to wear it as a brooch w my femme Joker costume
  • two packages of I Dye in violet for the femme Joker, on clearance
  • three Simplicity patterns, the newest steampunk offering because I like the bustle it offers, a baby pattern so I can sew a bunting for my nephew, and a little sleep shorts pattern so I have something to wear around the house and maybe even outside this summer
  • orange buttons for the femme Joker blouse

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Airship Archon

The Archon is a steampunk group based in Columbus OH. We also have members / friends / associates / occasional captives in surrounding cities. We're a friendly bunch, always ready willing and able to help out newbies, or even those that are just new to the area or to the group but not to steampunk. We can frequently be found at conventions, giving panels or just generally looking pretty. We hang out outside of steampunk as well.

Find us -
Our website
Steampunk Empire
Facebook
Yahoo Groups

Articles featuring the Archon -
Columbus Alive
Steampunk Chronicle
Steampunk Bible

So if you're in the area, check us out and come to an event! There's a picnic planned in August, be there or be square!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Playsuit...

...is DONE! Pictures to follow, I promise!

And I worked on my commission for about an hour or so.

So all in all, a productive evening.

Monday, June 4, 2012

To Do List Update - Almost have a couple projects done!

Here's where I currently stand on my sewing:

The 1880s Paris outfit is almost done. I finished binding the edges, and decided on buttons with snaps behind them for the closures. Sleeve lining has been sewn in place and visible basting removed. I sewed five buttons to the front of the bodice and two to each cuff to hold the cuffs in place. By the way, the outfit kind of makes me feel like a pirate -- huge cuffs and tails. All it needs is the snaps.

The playsuit is also almost done. I put in the zipper and pinned the hem. So all I need to do is hem it and its done.

Went through my stash and found a couple things for shorts to wear around the house (some knit, leftover jumper fabric, and some black and white polka dots). Also pulled out fabric for the eyelet sundress bodice and bodice lining, found some black and white striped fabric that was passed on to my friend Pepper who needed it for a project, as well as the Halloween pinup fabric and nativity print fabric.

Eyelet dress plans: Eyelet collar on a lime green bodice with a gathered eyelet skirt. The eyelet collar and the bodice have been cut out but not the lining.

Sewing plans for this week: Finish the playsuit. Set aside the Paris bodice til I buy snaps. Work on the commission.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

To Do List for the rest of 2012

Since we all know how much I love my to do lists, here's what's on my mind lately:

  1. Finishing my 1880s Paris outfit. The bodice is almost done, the main concern now is figuring out the closures.
  2. Finishing my playsuit and making a skirt to wear with it. Or just using one from my closet.
  3. Commission (can't forget that!)
  4. Sundresses! I'm definitely doing one from white eyelet, no idea what else though
  5. Little shorts to wear around the house. I plan to raid my stash for stuff for these.
  6. Keeper of the Keys underbust.
  7. Femme Joker - purple suit, green blouse, orange tie
  8. Suicide Squad Harley Quinn 
  9. Baby quilt for my nephew, currently in uetero
  10. Circle skirt out of Halloween print fabric
  11. Something out of nativity printed fabric for Christmas. Can't decide if I want to do a circle skirt or a dress. I somehow think a dress might be too much...
  12. A quilt for me out of scraps, def a long term project
  13. My AAR blanket from old tshirts
I'd still like to do the following, might these might get pushed off til next year...
  1. 1884 Wash Overskirt.
  2. Sari inspired head to toe Victorian ensemble.
  3. Natural form Victorian costume.
  4. An 18th century costume.
  5. A French Huguenot costume

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What I did this weekend...

Well, I didn't really end up sewing in the order I thought I would...

I started out working on the playsuit. I took in the non-zipper side. Next up would be a fitting, but it was so hot in the apartment (no AC) that I didn't want to mess with it. So next up is fitting, hemming and zipper-ing. Actually I'll probably baste the zipper in before the fitting...

Then I tackled the vest basque bodice. Which is approaching completion. I finished and attached the collar. Put the sleeves together and attached them to the bodice. Then came the lining, which is going in a little weird... Following the instructions I sewed the lining to the bodice along the front edges, not following the instructions, I then flipped it and basted the bottom edges of the bodice and the lining together. I'm trimming the edges with bias tape cut from the Paris fabric, which is started. I have buttons picked out, I'm thinking they'll be faux with snaps underneath. Or I make it so it closes with a zipper. I haven't full out decided yet. Buttons will be going on the cuffs to tack them in place. I may also add a little bit of black braid to the front... Next: Finish the binding. Figure out the closure. Decide about the braid. Almost there!

The commission wasn't touched.

I also started plans for my first sundress of the summer -- white eyelet skirt gathered to fit the waistband of a bodice made with one of my Retro Buttericks.  I also want to make some little shorts to wear around the house, the stash has not yet been raided for this purpose but that's in the plans!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

April Finished Projects

  1. Roma inspired steampunk crazy quilt skirt.
  2. Petticoat of Doom to be worn under the Roma inspired steampunk crazy quilt skirt.
  3. Decorated a clip on pouch to wear with the Roma inspired steampunk costume.
  4. Mask for the SES masquerade (that I never wore)
  5. Muppets fleece blanket for Nick Wheeler of the All American Rejects (he loved it, btw)

Progress on 2012 sewing goals - May update

Now for the sewing goals -- costuming.
  1. Finish my gypsy steampunk ensemble. DONE
  2. 1875 Square Overskirt (Truly Victorian) in black and silver plaid. DONE.
  3. Pink and black steampunk ensemble. Progress: Overskirt's done. Bodice is about halfway there.
  4. An underbust corset out of left over key print flannel to wear with my Keeper of the Keys skirt and a blouse for steam casual events - Started. If I remember correctly, it's cut out but not assembled
No deadlines:
  1. 1884 Wash Overskirt.
  2. Sari inspired head to toe Victorian ensemble.
  3. Female Joker. Probably going to be a high waisted skirt with a jacket. I think a suit is the best course of action.
  4. Natural form Victorian costume.
  5. An 18th century costume.
  6. A French Huguenot costume
Other sewing goals:
  1. Baby quilt for my new nephew. Deadline: sometime between September and Christmas. The current idea is to make a quilt for Minnow to grow into, so there's no rush to have it done by the due date.
  2. New retro sundresses.
  3. A playsuit with removable skirt - Almost done. Although it currently does not have a matching skirt.
  4. Flannel quilt
  5. I have some Spiderman flannel that wants to be pajama pants. - DONE
  6. Nativity printed cotton dress or skirt
  7. A circle skirt out of Halloween pin up fabric.
  8. A high waisted skirt from my retro jumper pattern. - probably will be combined with the Joker costume mentioned above.